Obasanjo: Nigerians need change of mentality, not restructuring


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he cannot be part of those advocating for the restructuring of the country. He said what Nigerians need at this time is a change in their mentality.

The former President said he would rather have a situation where people were championing inclusiveness as opposed to restructuring.

While speaking on a television programme in Lagos, he said, “I have asked six different people who talk about restructuring and the six of them gave me different points of view and the other day some people came to me and what they were talking about doesn’t make sense. 

“So now what are we talking about? We have a country that God has endowed, now the management of that endowment is now what we have put our hands on, all hands on deck and put out, how do we deal with it?

“Some of them are nostalgic about immediate independence, that’s their restructuring and some of them are nostalgic about immediate post-independence, that is their restructuring, some of them are nostalgic about their tribe, that’s their restructuring, I cannot be part of it.

“My own restructuring is what I have said; we have to restructure our mentality, we have to restructure our mind, we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria. What country do we want? And if we decide on what kind of country we want, how do we get that country? All hands on deck, how do we get inclusive, how do we get every Nigerian feeling a sense of… having a stake in the country?” 

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